In recognition of his relentless efforts to improve the livelihoods of poor smallholder farmers in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. William D. Dar (PhDH 1980), director-general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), was conferred the prestigious Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) Special Award 2014.
Dr. Dar was chosen by a team of global experts to receive this honor for his notable contributions to science and sustainable agriculture, and his transformational leadership at ICRISAT that turned the institute into a forward-looking global center of excellence. His institutional innovations in agricultural biotechnology, genomics, and agribusiness incubation and in fostering public-private partnerships, guided by the strategic framework of Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD), have led to significant impacts in the dryland tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The award was presented to Dr. Dar by Nobel Laureate and eminent German virologist Dr. Harald zur Hausen, during the valedictory ceremony of the BioAsia 2014.
The ‘FABA Special Award’ was instituted in 2010, to recognize and honor eminent personalities for their significant contributions to bio-technology and life sciences. FABA is a non- profit registered organization under the Indian Societies Act, formed in 2005 with the objective of creating a common platform for development of biotechnology across the globe particularly in the Asian countries. (Syed Akbar, The Times of India)
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